News No. 10/2012, February 03, 2012
THREE leaders of the Democratic Youth Forum have been arrested by military in Matiranga under Khagrachari district, according to a press release issued by DYF.
The arrested DYF leaders are Ziko Marma, a central committee member, and Nicolas Chakma and Apru Marma, president and general secretary of DYF Khagrachari district unit respectively.
The were arrested early in the morning today from the houses of Priyo Moy Chakma, an employee of CHT Development Board, and Uddipan Tripura, a UNDP employee, at Tilapara of Babupara in Matiranga town.
Before making the arrests, hundreds of army personnel surrounded the area at night. At dawn they searched the houses and arrested them. At 10am, the army handed them over to Matiranga police station.
The arrested DYF leaders had been working in Matiranga for over a week to form a branch committee there through holding a youth conference.
Condemning the arrest, DYF leader Remin Chakma said, ‘It was designed to foil today’s youth conference in Matiranga.’
However, despite their arrests the DYF held its scheduled conference at Matiranga Model Government Primary School ground at 10am.
Presided over by Biplob Tripura, the conference was also addressed by Ziko Tripura (not Marma), central committee member of DYF, Umesh Chakma, general secretary of Hill Student’s Council Khagrachari district unit, and Madri Chakma, president of Hill Women’s Federation Khagrachari district unit.
The conference unanimously elected an 11-member convening committee for DYF Matiranga unit with Pancha Sen Tripura and Joni Tripura as its convener and member secretary respectively.